Our student population is extremely diverse. Over 40 languages and dialects are spoken in the homes of our students. Many are the first generation in their families born in the United States. As a group, they are excited to learn and ripe for new adventures in learning. They are inquisitive, innovative, and crave complexity on a constant basis.
Learning to effectively put their thoughts down on paper can open up a whole new world for children.
I want to inspire them to see the deep connections between the world and themselves. Fostering their love of reading and writing by letting them take the lead can do just that. I want them to see that communicating effectively and putting their ideas on paper can be a great way to inspire others. I feel it is imperative for students to appreciate and value the differences among us all while making deep connections to one another. Writing their own stories and mentoring other young writers will make this a reality. We will be celebrating a variety of families, traditions, and cultures as we journey through different types of writing.
My students are bubbling over with creative ideas. They have stories to tell and feelings to share. They want to be authors and share their ideas with the world. I would like to bring in a variety of authors to mentor them as they continue to hone their skills. After they receive guidance from teachers, authors, and peers in the writing process, I would like for them to become writing mentors for a group of first graders as they begin their writing journey.
Everyone has a story to tell.
I would like to set up authors' stations so that they can feel like real authors. This means equipping their areas with special author's chairs and quality writing supplies. Special pens, glue, supply organizers, and staplers will help lend authenticity to their experience. Being able to use wireless mice will ease the composing process when they use computers. I will be able to guide and mentor these young authors while they sit in comfortable chairs and use special writing materials to encourage their greatest works. They will then, in turn, be able to share their narratives and help younger burgeoning writers. Thank you for helping us get our writing mentor program off the ground.
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